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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 5-7


From somber to sunny, this week's selections from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are sure to get you right in the feels. Grab your box of tissues, a sweet treat or two, and get to know a few future classics before they end their run in local theaters.

Cynthia Haines

The Innocents, PG-13

  • As World War II draws to a close, a no-nonsense French Red Cross medic comes to the aid of several very pregnant nuns — victims of Soviet soldiers — sequestered in their convent.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, PG-13

  • A national manhunt is launched when a defiant city kid, Ricky, goes missing in the woods with his reluctant foster uncle, Hector.

Café Society, PG-13

  • A Bronx boy moves to 1930s Hollywood and falls into unrequited love. When he returns to New York and takes up with a beautiful socialite, his Hollywood heart-throb walks back into his life.

Steve Walker

The Innocents, PG-13

  • In this powerful French film set in Poland during World War II, lies, cover-ups, and infanticide permeate a convent found to harbor seven pregnant nuns.

Captain Fantastic, R

  • Viggo Mortenson plays an iconoclastic father of six, raising his family off the grid, who is challenged by the capitalist world after the mother of his children dies.

Café Society, PG-13

  • Though Woody Allen's movies have vacillated wildly of late — from the brilliant Blue Jasmine to the banal Magic in the Moonlight — this one impresses, thanks to its 1930s Hollywood and New York setting and a charming Kristen Stewart.
Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.